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Performative verbs (was: Re: here is some stuff i want all of ya'll to look at)

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, August 30, 2004, 19:36
En réponse à Amanda Babcock :

>Well, one thing that I noticed is that you don't have a separate >marker for performative statements. That is, statements that by >being uttered change a person's status, such as "I hereby declare >you man and wife" or "I declare this convention open" or the like. > >At first glance this might seem to be just a normal statement, but >really in its effect it is just as different from a statement as >commands are. When the judge (in some theoretical judge-based >legal system) says "I hereby find you guilty", that's an entirely >different event from the onlooker who then turns to his companion >and says "The judge finds him guilty!"
Ah... performatives... I find them so neat that I've decided that in Maggel verbs will always have two main forms, more fundamental than anything else (like the perfective-imperfective distinction is fundamental in Russian), and that's the performative-non-performative distinction. And to make things nicer, the performative forms will be easier to conjugate than the non-performative ones ;))) . I still have to find out what exactly the performative of verbs like "run", "sleep" and "die" can mean, but I'll find out ;) . Christophe Grandsire. You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>